Make a robot and become an engineer: join the challenge

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Youngsters and teenagers are invited to take part in an exciting new initiative to help spotlight design and practical skills.

The Making Robots Challenge is a free competition for 7 to 19 year olds, with different types of robots for the age groups.

The challenge will be part of Scarborough Engineering Week 2015 and it is sponsored by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and North Yorkshire Business and Enterprise Partnership.

Students taking part are invited to showcase their prototypes during Scarborough Engineering Week, which is organised by Scarborough Business Ambassadors, including leading companies wuch as engineers Unison.

The event takes place October 13-15 at Scarborough Spa. Prestigious local and national companies will be on display.

Who can enter the Making Robots Challenge?

It is open to families and students aged 7-19 working in teams of no more than six.

When will it place?

The challenge is designed to be completed in school or at home.

What is the Institution of Engineering and Technology Making Robots Challenge?

Students will work in small teams to construct and design a robot that will be powered by a battery, driven by a motor and use gears, and can be switched on and off.

Free basic kits will be provided to each team taking part with students encouraged to make their design stand out.

There are three types of robots and age groups:

7-11 years: you are invited to build and design a Jitter Bug.

11-14 years : you are invited to build and design a robot capable of walking – A Walking Duck.

14-19 years: you are invited to build and design a robot that will move using a control – A Soccerbot.

Teams will be expected to develop, design and build a working robot in school or youth club or home, and provide a short presentation that will convince the judges of their learning and understanding of the challenge.

Once students have made their robots they will be encouraged to test it and add your own creativity in readiness for the final.

What happens at the final?

You are invited to showcase your robot at any of the session during Scarborough Engineering Week and take part in the Jitter Bug Disco (7-11) and the Duck Race (11-14). Soccerbot final. Full timings of the final will be provided shortly. Judges will be looking for: Best build of robot, he movement of the robot, best design of robot.

How to enter

To register interest and apply for a free kit email yvonne@nybep.org.uk